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mHealth trends

In this digital era healthcare industry is changing towards a more mobile and efficient system: mHealth is the future. What are the ongoing trends in this industry? An article in the Beckers Hospital review gives a top 10. I would like to highlight some items:

“Mobile devices and apps are becoming an integral part of telemedicine. Telemedicine crosses the geographic expanse and connects providers to patients, even providers to other providers, to extend services to underserved areas. Many major telemedicine companies are offering telemedicine apps as a means for patients to connect and communicate with physicians remotely and on-the-go. It’s an increasingly popular service — 84 percent of young adults age 18 to 34 said they would prefer a consultation via a mobile device. While more hospitals and health systems are toying with telemedicine, the service is also coming under fire as the industry debates payment and reimbursement practices and what telehealth services should be used for.”

As a telemedicine company, we think further than only digital consultation. We understand that if patient, non-patient or care professional need support, that can be provided by technical solutions. Like support with medication treatment or monitoring heart rhythm after an operation.

The cost benefits of mHealth may be enormous. If a patient is tracking his or her symptoms and those symptoms are being wirelessly transmitted to a clinician in the hospital, that patient just saved a trip to the clinic and the hospital saved costs associated with treating that patient. With mHealth comes a more comprehensive, accessible and data-driven industry that helps utilize resources more efficiently and effectively.”

Vitaphone Netherlands daily collects thousands of vital signs and presents the results to healthcare professionals and sometimes patients too. Further investigation might translate all these efforts into a financial result.

Author: Indy Kavelaars

Source: Beckers Hospital Review

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Connecting pharmacists with healthcare insurers, an improvement?

“There’s a missing connection in the health insurance exchange debate that could push mHealth to the forefront: pharmacists.” This is a valid point of Robert Oscar, president and CEO of RxEOB. Pharmacists help people with healthcare questions when they’re not in a doctor’s office. They are the ones that have data on medication adherence. Adherence to medication predicts how well treatment will work and if future (health)problems can be expected.

More and more pharmacists are looking for ways to achieve better services. These are services next to the medication adherence support. Monitoring blood pressure is a way to check effectiveness of the provided medication. The pharmacist can discuss the results with the physician and optimise the therapy (if needed). Better results stimulate patients to adhere, so it cuts both ways. Pharmacies and insurers should be connected to make rewards possible for pharmacies that achieve the best support on monitoring and adherence. Insurers and pharmacies become more aware that they need to cut into the nation’s healthcare bill and that they must provide tools to optimize patients treatments.

Do you think that pharmacies and healthcare insurers should work together more intensively? Please leave your comment below!

Author: Indy Kavelaars @ Vitaphone Netherlands

Source: mHealth News

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Sensors and beyond

cerebrospinal fluid

cerebrospinal fluid

“A novel long-term implanted sensor can measure and individually adjust cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure in the brain.” In this stage the sensor still needs an external device connected with radio waves. In the external device the physician can read the temperature and CSF pressure. If the pressure exceeds the limits, the physician will act accordingly. In the future it will actually work on its own and adapt when needed. This is the ultimate example of mobile health.

This great (and a bit scary) look into the future, that shows us what we’re aiming at. What healthcare community also needs to do, is look at the currently available technology and use it now. So we can make a difference and improve citizen’s care!

Source: Hospimedica

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Guest blog: vitaphone USA: Silencing the Silent Killer in 30 Days

Over thirty percent of the US population has hypertension, and fewer than half of those with hypertension have it under control. Many people never know they have high blood pressure, suitably dubbed “the silent killer.” Is it any wonder then that the prevalence and hospitalization rates of congestive heart failure (CHF) have continued to rise, when the majority of patients have hypertension, very likely uncontrolled, before developing CHF? How can we get ahead of the CHF curve? In a 30 day pilot, vitaphone’s patient engagement and mHealth solution empowered cardiologists and patients to drive the average systolic blood pressure down by 20 points in just four weeks, dropping it a total of 30 points by week five.

In the newly-published study 30 Days to Make a Difference, vitaphone shows how Los Angeles area physicians’ use of remote patient monitoring and patient engagement and education by a Telemedicine Service Center (TSC) greatly shortened the provider feedback interval, facilitated more precise medication therapy, and left patients feeling more confident in their ability to manage their conditions. vitaphone’s international expertise in using similar methodologies to reduce admissions for CHF patients was a powerful ally to physicians who wanted to see if it could also address a frequent precursor to CHF: hypertension.

Interested to engage, educate and monitor patients remotely? Pick up your copy of the peer-reviewed, Journal of Healthcare Information Management (JHIM) publication 30 Days to Make a Difference: Evaluating the 30-Day Effects of a Comprehensive Remote Patient Monitoring, Shortened Provider Feedback Interval, and Patient Engagement and Education Program on Hypertensive Patients in Orlando, Florida, February 24-27, at the HIMSS14 vitaphone health solutions kiosk, Qualcomm Life Pavilion, booth 6489. Or, contact us at 702-374-1270 / btritle@vitaphoneus.com HIMSS members can also access the mobile health JHIM edition digitally at http://tinyurl.com/ohp68sw

Author: Brad Tritle, vitaphone USA

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Have a look at this great infographic about the US physician use of mobile technology. Some striking figures:

  • Only 39% communicate online with patients;
  • 53% of all clinicians use tablets daily. That’s an increase of 19% in comparison with 2012;
  • 78% of the U.S. consumers are interested in mHealth solutions;
  • 88% of the doctors would like their patients to monitor their health at home, especially their weight, blood sugar and vital signs;
  • Only 28% of the smartphone users and 18% of the tablet users say that they are “very satisfied” with the quality of medical apps that are currently available;
  • 13% of the patients have accessed, stored or transmitted personal health information in the past year, 48% of them are interested in doing so;

Let’s face it: people are ready to use mhealth tools…and our tools are ready too!

Infographic mHealth physician use of mobile technology healthIT infographic

Infographic mHealth physician use of mobile technology healthIT infographic

Source: Strategy Business

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5 US statistics on how social media impacts healthcare industry?

1. More than 40 % of the consumers say that information found via social media affects the way they deal with their health

This implies healthcare professionals must create educational content to inform patients about health related issues. They have to understand that people tend to trust social media although the information isn’t always correct.

2. 19% of smartphone owners have at least one health app on their phone. Exercise, diet and weight apps are the most popular types.

3. A recent study showed that 54% of patients are very comfortable with their providers seeking advice from online communities to better treat their conditions.

4. 60% of doctors say social media improves the quality of care delivered to patients.

This statistic is important because it shows that most doctors believe the transparency and authenticity that social media forces actually improves the quality of care.

5. International Telecommunications Union estimates that the global penetration of mobile devices has reached 87% as of 2011.

Mobile is the future of healthcare!
Author: Indy Kavelaars
Source: ReferralMD

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U.S. versus E.U. on Telehealth

Everywhere in the world telehealth is expanding rapidly. Not surprisingly, the expanded use of telehealth presents many of the same regulatory and reimbursement challenges. It’s great to hear that: “Particulary Europe is taking steps to expand telehealth across borders, because the European Commission has removed and revisited existing regulations”.

What is different about these licensure requirements between the E.U. and the U.S.? In the EU a doctor is practicing medicine legally if he/she complies with the licensure requirements of his/her own member state and treats the patient from within his/her member state. So it does not matter where the patient is located. In the U.S. the doctor must be licensed in the state where the patient lives. So for the U.S. doctors ‘borders exceeding treating’ is complicated.

The regulations also reveal what the reimbursement differences of telehealth are. In the U.S., Medicare reimbursement has not kept up with the times. However, about a third of the states have adopted legislation known as; “Telehealth parity statutes”. These statutes require private insurers to cover telehealth services if they would otherwise cover in-person provided services. So this is a good beginning for the U.S.. But E.U. has the Directive 2011/24/EU Article 3(d) which is on the application of patiens’ rights in cross border healthcare stating that cross border healthcare services utilizing telehealth or other types of eHealth services must be reimbursed if the individual or patient resides in a country that reimburses the service.

Source: Epstein Becker Green

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Wireless-based devices in healthcare improve patient engagement

A study from the Center for Connected Health indicates that wireless mobile technologies can positively impact patient engagement, clinical outcomes and operational workflow. This retrospective study was done under patients who were enrolled in the center’s Blood Pressure Connect program. Wireless-based devices recorded significantly more frequent blood pressure readings and data uploads than patients using modem-based devices. Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH, of the Center for Connected Health, said; “Key success factor for wireless devices include ease-of-use, real-time transmission of data and increased device portability within patients’ home.”

We believe mobile devices that are used at the patients’ home can be provided much more often. These mobile healthcare devices help in diagnostics, support healthy living and inform patients about their health situation.

Jupiner Research, http://www.juniperresearch.com/reports/mobile_health_fitness

FierceMobileHealthcare, http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/study-wireless-devices-improve-patient-engagement-outcomes/2013-07-16?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

Center for Connected Health, http://www.connected-health.org/

Medaris, http://medaris.com/?p=719

Sourcewire, http://www.sourcewire.com/news/78753/mhealth-monitoring-offers-bn-usd-global-healthcare-cost-savings-opportunity-by

Indy Kavelaars

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Vitaphone at ATA 2013 in Austin

ATA 2013 telemedicine telehealth and mhealth meeting trade show

ATA 2013 telemedicine telehealth and mHealth meeting trade show

For 18 years, the ATA Annual International Meeting & Trade Show has been the premier forum for healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs in the telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth space. Vitaphone will be demonstrating LIFEDATA for blood pressure and weight scaling at this meeting. You can also take a look at PICO, the medication adherence improver.

We like to meet you and share ideas on telemedicine, mHealth, telehealth and care management!

So register your self and visite us >

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